Dawn Montgomery

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Return of the Writer

In #amwriting, Goals on January 23, 2018 at 3:32 pm

I’ve spent the past few years working on my education. I gained a couple of certifications, a degree in 3D Animation, and a new outlook on life. My storytelling has evolved, but I’m happy to say I’m back in the writing saddle again. It’s 2018! We just moved to a new state to be close to my mom, and things are as hectic as ever. I don’t think I know how to slow down, honestly.

You won’t see a long list of books I want to get finished this year or even a giant project list like those in previous years. I want 2018 to be the year of sustainable productivity.

What does that mean for you guys?

I’m going to experiment with my schedule, figure out what works and what needs to be discarded and focus on releasing quality stories that my readers will enjoy. I have multiple pennames that have suffered from my long hiatus, but that means I get to start from the ground up and really focus on what I want to accomplish instead of fumbling around and trying a thousand things at once.

I have three weapons in my productivity arsenal: my Passion Planner for scheduling, my bullet journal for tracking, and Trello for keeping me organized across my different pay streams. Since Trello can now integrate with google calendar, my life just got a whole lot easier. Over the next few months, I hope to show you exactly how I tackle my day in the hopes that we can all learn what works for us and discard the rest. I want to share my journey because you never know when something I say or do may inspire you to break through a wall.

I’m looking forward to 2018 and can’t wait to get started. Two weeks in, and I already have a new release. It debuted at #16 in Kindle World Action Adventure and became the #2 Hot New Release in the same category. That’s one heckuva positive start.

Will you be joining me this year?

See you soon, and keep writing!

Dawn Montgomery

January Goals

  • Write, Edit, Publish From the Ashes Done, released January 17th

Was it a sustainable schedule? No.

What could I have done differently?

  1. Follow the original schedule
  2. Accept that life is going to interrupt and account for that from the beginning
  3. Schedule writing-related things on your digital calendar so that you can always check your phone if you’re trying to figure out what’s supposed to happen that day
  4. Be more forgiving about first drafts. They’re never going to be perfect.
  5. Schedule at least two days’ rest between writing and editing to prevent a giant headache (or in my case, an actual migraine).
  • Readthrough, Revise, and start the final writing for Desperate Measures (due in February)
  • Readthrough Primal Hunger, begin Revision Notes for the novel
  • Record podcast #1-3 (scripts already written), Edit and upload in February

My 40 hour work week for this week (Monday through Saturday, Mon and Sat are half days)

4 hours Revision for Primal Hunger

12 hours Revision, etc. for Desperate Measures

4 hours Podcast recording and script tweaking

4 hours Promotion and Design

12 hours Misc home stuff (new place, lots of work to do)

4 hours Rebranding


Wicked Carousel

In Publishing News on May 10, 2015 at 9:01 am

Available Now, Wicked Carousel, Episode 1 of Voodoo Carnival! A new romance serial!


Amazon Exclusive Serial

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***NOTE: Wicked Carousel is Part One of a Four Part Serial entitled Voodoo Carnival. Each episode will release on a biweekly basis barring any publication issues***

Erica Marks knows there are things that lurk in the dark. At the age of fourteen, she watched the man she loved like a father ritualistically murder her cousin to gain a deadly power. The rest of that night is a black hole in her memory.

Police reports marked her as the only survivor of the Carnival of Horrors Serial Killer, Edgar Clairborne, but deep in her soul Erica knows he’s still out there. Waiting.

Ten years later, the murders begin once more and the victims scream for her to avenge them from beyond the grave, to lay them to rest. The twisted darkness longs for Erica’s blood, reanimating the corpses of the victims, and forcing her to take a stand or die.

Every drop of blood spilled ties her closer to the realm of the dead, leaving behind more questions than answers. Answers only a stranger seems to posses.

One man, the mysterious, sexy, and very dangerous Jules Desbois, knows the answers to the murderer’s return, but he has secrets of his own. Secrets that go into Erica’s past and force the duo to return to the abandoned Carnival of Horrors where it all began.

The attraction that ignites between them pulses with a life of its own, one laced with danger that threatens to destroy them both.

Should Erica trust Jules or does the darkness in his heart hide a more sinister purpose?

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Tall, Dark and Alpha Boxed Set

In Publishing News on March 8, 2014 at 2:59 am

Tall Dark And Alpha400

Tall, Dark & Alpha Boxed Available Til June and Then it’s GONE FOREVER!

USA TODAY Bestseller!

Amazon #1 in multiple categories!

Barnes and Nobel top 100!

International Bestseller!

(10 Sexy Romances Featuring Hot Alpha Heroes and the Women They Love)

He makes your heart pound and melts your resistance away. He promises you a world of passion and you find it impossible to resist his dark charm. When he catches your eye across the room, you know he means business. He could be an executive, cop, shape shifter, or a bad boy looking for a little fun. Once he has you in his sights, you can’t get away–and after one sizzling night in his arms, you won’t want to. He’s Tall, Dark & Alpha. The alpha male is the ultimate indulgence…the richest dark chocolate…and we’re offering him to you in abundance.

*New, Boxed Set Exclusive* Rock My Boat by Afton Locke: Rhonda Simms embarks on a cruise to create an ad campaign. Instead, she lands Simon Mann, a blue marlin shape shifter who will do anything to be human again. Will she let him rock her boat?

*New, Boxed Set Exclusive* Silver Tongued Devils by Dawn Montgomery: Captain Na’varr and his executive officer, Brom, know they have a good thing when they capture stowaway hacker, Raesa, with her hot temper and dangerous curves. They want her, body and soul just as she wants them. But such trust endangers them in ways none of them can anticipate. Dare they risk it all?

Fight for Love by Delaney Diamond: Rafael Lopez, former professional wrestler and “Sexiest Athlete Alive,” is back and determined to hold onto the woman he lost, but still loves, and the son he never knew existed.

Crazy (Vampire Love) by Eve Langlais: Ella hears voices and they don’t like anyone. But not even poltergeists can stand in the way of a vampire in love.

*New, Boxed Set Exclusive* Sex with an Ex by Eve Vaughn: When these two divorcees reunite in the bedroom, the sex is hotter than ever. But can their hearts survive the second time around?

In Her Wildest Dreams by Farrah Rochon: When Erica Cole, owner of “Your Wildest Dreams” event planning, requests his help in creating a Valentine’s Day fantasy date for her clients, chocolatier Gavin Foster sees it as the perfect opportunity to show her just how sweet their reality could be.

*New, Boxed Set Exclusive* Player’s Challenge by Koko Brown: Sports agent Gemma Clarke must face the biggest challenge of her young career: represent her former lover and bad boy footballer, Devin Spencer. Their passionate love affair ended badly. Now he’s back to prove to Gemma he’s changed and convince her to give them one more chance.

Two Cops, a Girl, and a Pair of Handcuffs by Paige Tyler: Cilla Garner has it bad for hot cops Hayes Prescott and Reed Lockwood. If they both end up asking her out, she doesn’t know how she’ll choose. Having a threesome doesn’t even enter her mind until they hint at it, and then it’s all she can think about.

Chase and Seduction by Randi Alexander: Country music superstar/actor Chase Tanner has never wanted anything or anyone more than gorgeous screenplay writer Reno Linden. To Reno, Chase is larger than life, sinfully sexy and hell-bent on getting her into bed. Reno risks the plunge into Chase’s arms, but will their attraction survive the glitz and stress of fame?

Tall, Dark and Apocalyptic by Sam Cheever: He’s a hunter in a world turned upside down. She’s his prey, a creature of dark magic. But the passion burning within them may be their undoing.

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Thunder and Roses

In Publishing News on January 27, 2014 at 9:58 pm


  • Author:Dawn Montgomery & Ditter Kellen
  • Length:Long Novel
  • ISBN:978-1-62300-680-8
  • Genre:Mystery & Suspense, Fantasy & Paranormal, Shapeshifters
  • Cover Artist:Fiona Jayde

Tonya knows it’s time for a decade long conspiracy to come to a head, but no one can know her true identity. Her feral nature and instinctive mistrust have kept her alive for the past five years of deep cover. When her only choice is to run or face death, she runs. What she doesn’t count on is Dakota Thunder, a Council bounty hunter who never misses a target. Tonya is running out of time, and the only man she can trust is the last man who should ever believe her.

Dakota Thunder is no stranger to betrayal. From a childhood born of nightmares to the death of his sister, he knows exactly what his kind are capable of. No one escapes his justice. What should have been a routine bounty pick up drops Dakota in the middle of a deadly blood feud involving shifter trafficking, extortion, and murder revolving around one wise-cracking beautiful woman of leopard royalty. She gets under his skin, digging her claws into his heart and reminding him of things buried long ago. He’d planned for everything except Tonya and the evidence that could bring down one of the most powerful organizations in the shifter world.

Nothing could have prepared them for their explosive attraction or the depths at which a madman would fall in order to destroy everything they love. With nowhere to turn, and the net growing tighter, they’ll have to trust in one another to survive.

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Release Week Freakout And Writing

In #amwriting, Goals on December 18, 2013 at 7:52 am

This is a loooong post. Prepare yourself. Go for coffee. Get a bagel. Maybe some eyedrops for dry eyes…LOL!

I’m a huge author fangirl. There are some authors who drive me crazy with buildup on a story’s release (a year lead-up of excerpts and teasers) and others who hit me upside the head when it happens with a “oh yeah, btw” post.

To bypass my freakout, I’ve set up my favorite vendors with newsletter/email updates on my favorite authors. Super easy to do. I’ll show you the Amazon one, really quick. Find your favorite author’s page (click on the image below to go straight to mine) and on the right hand side you’ll find the email options. As another option, when you find a book you like and want to see more from the author in the future, hover over the author’s name to have a popup window offering to send you to their Amazon page. Right under that link is the option to subscribe. 🙂


I thought it was something relatively unique to me as a person prone to panicking if I miss my authors’ newest releases. But the coolest thing happened at 3 AM today (how often can you say that?), I received the most incredible Facebook message from a fan who told me how excited she was to have my latest books. And how she received an email from Amazon two days in a row about new books available this month (Hidden Confections popped up on Amazon the day after Deep Cravings went on preorder).

Dude. Someone has signed up for email notifications at Amazon for MY BOOKS? I had to read it three times. She was also, my friends, a person who had never communicated with me before.

😀 I have no idea what to say except that is SO COOL!

[updated to add] Another fan told me her book downloaded at 12:03 AM. I am over the moon!

Pre-order is so surreal.

Deep Cravings is a story that I had with a different publisher for a while (under another title). I pulled it for one reason or another and thought I’d made a huge mistake because it was one of my best selling titles with them. There were some serious problems with the original, though, glaring ones that killed me to read and reread, much less recommend to anyone. So I pulled it. And polished it. And sat on it for ten months. Finally, I submitted it to Ellora’s Cave. Since this was a tongue-in-cheek erotic romance, I wasn’t sure what my editor would think.

I didn’t expect a resounding yes. Nor did I expect a request for more in the series.

(Series? Panic! What series? Btw, I’m working on a series proposal as we speak.)

All of this good news is amazing. It was a tough year for a lot of reasons. One of the hardest in my life. The last two years, if I’m completely honest. Since May, however, it’s taken an impressive rise.

Despite all this…the upturn to the end of the year, the amazing response from people who told me they’d pre-ordered it last week, the authors who have gone out of their way to help share my books this month, and the fact Deep Cravings had already been released a long time ago…I suffered from serious pregame jitters.

It’s predictable enough that my husband is prepared. Two days before release, I start researching alternate jobs, new genres, other pen-names. I mean, what’s up with that? Why do this to myself? At first I’m not even aware that it’s my pregame routine. I get restless and slightly short-tempered. Bless my family for figuring this out and distracting me with hilarity and ridiculous foodstuffs.

That night, I’ll barely sleep. Or write. Or think. I will bury myself in some mundane thing and not emerge until I’m exhausted after the sun rises. By then, however, I realize…it’s RELEASE DAY. *cue Psycho shower scene music*

I suddenly realize why I was freaked out the day before. My husband, who is used to this by now, leads me through the paces. He makes comfort food and reminds me that I’ve done this before. “No it’s not okay to just quit writing.” “Yes, I know what tomorrow is. You’ll be fine. The book will be fine.”


I make it through the day and night and, strangely enough, the world doesn’t explode on release day. Once I see that it’s available, I can stop panicking, and just inform everyone who’s interested in picking up a copy.

Pre-order eased so much of that anxiety. I was shocked and amazed by how much easier my heart handled the morning’s release day information.

With the exception of the two days of non-productive writing, let’s see how I did so far this week on my writing goals.

#ROW80 update


Goals for the rest of 2013: 

  • Angel’s Masquerade (working title) submission 30 December 2013 (25k minimum, shooting for an April release)
  • Holly Savage 1 Finished and off to edits (14k remaining, shooting for a January release)
  • Silver Tongued Devils (Tall, Dark and Alpha boxset, releases 8 March 2014) halfway done by the end of the year (15k by the end of the year)
  • Dragons Never Lie (WTF Dragon 3) a chapter per weekend (shooting for a February release)
  • *A Devil’s Bargain done and submitted by 30 December (15k remaining)
  • *A Pirate’s Bride done and submitted by 31 December (4k remaining)
  • Final edits for Thunder and Roses (releases 28 January 2014)

* represents any leftover time I might have. LOL! Like I’d really have any, but you never know.

Goals for next Sunday (color Coded for my own needs):

  • Angel’s Masquerade: 20k (note, these are the numbers I want the book to be at, not the total to write this week) – I need to work extra hard to make my goal here. It’s due soon, and I want to have it finished before I get Thunder and Roses edits since it’s for the same publisher. 
  • Holly Savage: 7.5k – Holly slips to the wayside because she’s a self-pubb’d title in a new genre (non romance related). I can cut out the word count here if I need to make goals elsewhere. 
  • Sex and Magic 2: 2.5k – 1k into this. It’s in the same world as Deep Cravings
  • A Devil’s Bargain: 2.5k
  • Silver Tongued Devils: 2.5k – No words on this so far this week. 
  • Pirate’s Bride: 1.5k – I’m at 1k now. It’s a very short story so I think I may knock it out today to bury myself in work. 🙂 
  • Dragons Never Lie: 5k – 2k to go on this one.

I expect to receive Thunder and Roses edits around Christmas. They’ll be rough, but necessary. It’s 94k after all…LOL.

I’m also going to post a Q&A so those who keep asking me questions about my writing this month can check it for the hows behind this process.

I’m part of a great motivational writing group known as A Round of Words in 80 Days. Click here to find out how other did this week and here if you want to become a part of it!

Deep Cravings

In Publishing News on December 18, 2013 at 4:03 am


The Vamp Life sucks if you’re the only female vampire in the world allergic to chocolate. When a wizard with a penchant for kitchen magic arrives, however, things can take a delicious and sinful turn. Especially when he puts himself on the menu.
Chocolate goes well with…everything.

Rachel Karrin is at her wits’ end. The benefits to vampire life look pretty grim when her new powers come with limits on her favorite food. Chocolate. The rare allergy is unusual enough to gain the interest of the Kitchen Witch Society.

When the sexy, brooding Ryan Shepard shows up, there’s more than chocolate in his repertoire and his temptation is far more than she can take in her world of blood and sex.

A Romantica® paranormal erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave

Publisher’s Note: This book was previously published elsewhere in 2009 under the title Decadence and has been extensively revised for EC.

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Red Velvet Christmas: Hidden Confections

In Publishing News on December 6, 2013 at 1:32 am

Red Velvet Christmas: Hidden Confections is available now from Changeling Press! My contribution to this year’s holiday releases is a fun and sexy story involving kitchen witches, second chances, and a little delicious fantasy or two. Not to mention a wonderful recipe included (and developed!!!) just for the Red Velvet release. Better Than Sex Cupcakes, included for your own personal recipe collection.

DM_RV_HiddenConfections_289A showdown between chefs like you’ve never seen before…

One Christmas Eve, Mia Devyne of Devyne Pastries went underground and closed up shop for good under scandalous rumors of bewitching red velvet holiday cakes designed to skyrocket your sex drive. Her disappearance sparked a worldwide search for her sensual seductions cookbook.

Four years later, a rival pastry chef has arrived on the scene with his own version of the cakes, and Mia can’t stay away. For a Christmas present to herself, she wants to try just one bite of the Better Than Sex cupcake, and then she’ll disappear back into the shadows. If she gets to kiss Liam again, well, that’s just an added bonus.

Liam Merriman has one goal… draw the sexy Mia out of hiding and back to the spotlight where she belongs. He knows why she disappeared all those years ago, and he plans on picking up where they left off. Naked. In his bed.

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Haunting Melody St. Claire

In Coverart, Publishing News on April 1, 2013 at 12:06 am

Haunting Melody St. Claire. I adore this cover. My first co-written EC book is available NOW from Ellora’s Cave!

Melody St. Claire doesn’t believe in ghosts. Until a fire destroys her whole world, forcing her into a beautiful haunted house and the territorial domain of one very real, incredibly mysterious resident spirit.

Sexy Travis Santiago haunts the walls of his family home. Resigned to being alone, he merely exists in a place between the living and the dead until the frustrating little brunette enters his life and his heart. He can give her what she needs, if she would just believe.

The passion he ignites threatens to consume her, heart and soul, but may not be enough to hold back the nightmares. And Melody can’t possibly hope to spend forever with a man who is already dead.

A Romantica® paranormal erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave

Once Upon a Dragon Release

In Publishing News on June 29, 2012 at 11:54 am

Once Upon a Dragon (WTF Dragon Book 2)

Author: Dawn Montgomery
BIN: 05757-01845
Word Count: 18,277
Pages: 66
Price: $4.49
Release Date: June 29, 2012
Editor: Maryam Salim
Cover Artist: Bryan Keller
Genres: Erotic Romance, Novella, Paranormal, Humor & Satire
Themes: Magic, Elves, Dragons & Magical Creatures
In the fairytale kingdom of Werthing Ton Fallorian (or WTF for short), fairytale folk have gone insane. With the imps of lust and wickedness on a rampage, no one is safe.

Five Princesses, Five Dragons
A coincidence? I don’t think so.

The Quest: Save the world. With Sex… and magic? Definitely.

The Complication: Sex is deadly. Magic is broken. And nothing is going right for the traveling duo.

Captured by an evil queen, chained to a sexy he-man of incredible proportions, and forced on a quest that no sane person would take, Princess Penelope must travel the treacherous swampland of Andvari — a terrible place of twisted magic where sex and murder are forbidden.

Shane Masters, on the other hand, believes every curse has its loophole, and every rule has a bend. When their passion ignites, nothing can stop them. Not even death.

Available Now At Changeling Press

No Dragon, No Problem Release Day!!

In Publishing News on April 26, 2012 at 9:02 am

No Dragon, No Problem (WTF Dragon #1)

Genres: Dark Fantasy, Erotic Romance, Humor and Satire

WTF Dragon: In the fairytale kingdom of Werthing Ton Fallorian (or WTF for short), fairytale folk have gone insane. With the imps of lust and wickedness on a rampage, no one is safe. Five Princesses, Five Dragons. A coincidence? I don’t think so.

One bound man. One desperate princess. A curse. And dragons? WTF may never be the same.

The Motive: Princess Tasminia deSoto has had it with her stepmother’s horrid matchmaking. Tricking the princess into a surprise wedding with the narcissistic Baron Winterwood from a neighboring kingdom (of the same name) is the final straw. If only there was a dragon to be sacrificed to!

The Idea: Desperation forces her to enlist the aid of the notorious Dash Ryan, illusionist and con artist for hire. Surely the wildly entertaining (and sexy) rogue can come up with something believable. And if a princess can find a little sexual education on the side… well… that’s just a plus.

The Twist: Dash Ryan has a few secrets of his own. Secrets he’s more than willing to exploit for just a taste of the princess’s sexual awakening. But will one taste be enough?

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If you have at least one of my titles in the mix (any one of these), make sure to enter the code WTFDragon10 to receive 10% off your entire purchase at Changeling Press. Enjoy. 😀

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